Who we are:
UNYA has been supporting the health and wellbeing of Indigenous youth in the Metro Vancouver area for over 30 years. As a respected non-profit, charitable organization, we recognize Indigenous youth as experts in their own lives and strive to provide youth with programs and opportunities that are relevant and meaningful to them.
At Urban Native Youth Association UNYA we have developed a Philosophy of Care foundation, drawing from best practices. These philosophies are the grounding framework that shapes all of our decisions and every interaction we have with the youth we serve. Following these philosophies empowers our staff to meet youth where they are at, by giving them the ability to balance flexibility and structure. This allows us to meet our youth’s needs, and ensure that our youth experience a consistent quality of care across all UNYA programs. Our 5 key philosophies are:
- Trauma-Informed Practice
- Two-Eyed Seeing
- Harm Reduction Practice
- Youth/Person Centered Practice
- Culture as Therapy
Highlights of this opportunity:
Are you passionate about empowering Indigenous youth? Do you have a knack for building positive relationships?
Are you strategic, creative, and dynamic in your approach to youth work? Does working within a fast-paced environment energize you?
If you said yes, then this is the opportunity for you!
- Contribute to a team focused on increasing stabilization, belonging, and empowerment for youth.
- Be a positive role model for youth, working in cooperation with others, and positively leading and implementing clinical programming components and therapeutic models.
- Be a member of the leadership team at Young Bears Lodge to provide mentorship, direction and ensure quality of care in all aspects of the program. On-call responsibilities are a part of this position.
- Work in a variety of trauma-informed healing modalities.
- Provide holistic individual case management support to youth: overseeing clinical care plans, facilitating workshops, group counselling, communicating with support teams, making referrals, follow ups, and after-care planning.
- Participate in Indigenous protocols, ceremonies, and other cultural practices.
- Support and act as a resource, coach, and mentor to staff regarding strategies and approaches for working with our youth.
- Provide Leadership in clinical care and respond to critical incidents and care needs for the youth accessing our service.
- Support and co-facilitate workshops.
- Lead in the development and implementation of outcome-oriented and client-directed treatment and transition plans.
- Share responsibility for the daily operations of Young Bears Lodge including meal planning and preparation, maintaining timely accurate logs, case files, and reports.
- Be the representative of Young Bears Lodge in the community; build and maintain diverse partnerships to maximize programming opportunities and supports available to youth.
Qualifications and Conditions:
- Educational experience required (Master’s Degree in Clinical Counselling or Social Work, 5 years of recent related experience, or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience)
- Experience working with the Indigenous community. Must demonstrate a good working knowledge of community resources in Vancouver, particularly youth & Indigenous-specific resources.
- Knowledge and understanding of the family and social issues that Indigenous youth face today, including the generational impacts of the residential school system on families and communities.
- Must demonstrate the ability to identify with mandate, policies and procedures of the organization.
- Must have a criminal record check completed by and satisfactory to UNYA.
- Proof of Covid-19 vaccination will be required
- Given the needs of the youth accessing our programs, priority will be given to qualified Indigenous, First Nations, Metis, Inuit candidates as per section 41 of the Human Rights code.
- Vehicle/driving abstract/first aid requirements
What we offer:
- Starting Salary: Hourly $33.10 / Annually $68,848.00
- 40 hours a week
- Comprehensive Benefits package
- Vacation, Sick, and Wellness days
- Access to our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) which consists of no-cost counselling services to UNYA staff
- Support from UNYA’s Elder in Residence for cultural and spiritual guidance or teachings
- Monthly Staff development